new friends and exquisite
food in an inspired setting
Let me tell you, when I am preparing food for an event, unlike other chefs who talk about tasting everything, I seem to do the opposite. Normally I eat very little and sometimes don't even test what I am serving. I will confess that since my strong cooking skills are not in the dessert area, I did taste it, just to be sure.
Good news...the vegetable paella was good. I didn't tell anyone that I had never made that version before, but how can you go wrong with fresh artichokes, fennel, shitake mushrooms, tomatoes, and homemade veggie stock.
I also broke out a bit and ended up with several guests that had never attended. I was so excited and a bit nervous. The mix of the group was really special. I really love getting a group of folks together that are strangers, serve them some yummy food and see at the end of the night everyone has met and made new friends.
tapas trio that included manchego cheese, marinated olives, and mushrooms and garlic. my friend kate, who did an awesome job helping me, did a great job plating these and they looked fabulous.
the main course:
meat/seafood paella or vegetable...some of my guest who requested one version also asked to try the other.
burnt cream--which was more like a custard than a creme brulee.
I try to have time at the end of the evening to mingle with the guests and I know I miss out on the conversations and stories that happen during dinner, but so happy to provide a space for this to happen.
If you are interested in any of the recipes or would like more information about how I can help you create a special evening (birthday, family gathering, anniversary) for you please contact me at 518.956.0534.